Established in 1997, the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) is one of the world’s most gruelling off-roading events that gives those who survive it bragging rights. In conjunction with the RFC, Petron Malaysia, which has been supporting this event for a few years now, organised the Petron TriAction Advantage Performance Media Road Trip to give some members of the media a taste of one of the Top 10 Toughest Motor Races in the world. Petron is the official diesel sponsor (Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5) and engine oil (Petron Rev-X) partner of the 2019 Rainforest Challenge Grand Finale in Malaysia.
The Rainforest Challenge Grand Finale is in the state of Kelantan from 29 November to 9 December 2019. This represents the final event from the RFC Global Series (RFCGS), which is a worldwide off-road racing circuit spanning 25 nations with 45 events. This year, the event focuses on racing aspects with at least 50 Special Stages (SS), a record for 4×4 racing. The route will take the participants from Kota Bharu to Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah, Kuala Krai, and will end at Gua Musang with a 2-day carnival (8 & 9 Dec).
The Petron annual road trip gathered 15 editors and journalists in Kelantan to join the competition’s Grand Finale, where we witnessed the flag-off of the participants at the Hotel Grand Riverview Kota Bahru. A total of 450 participants from 20 countries are taking part in this challenging 4×4 competition, braving through one of Malaysia’s densest tropical forests during the monsoon season.
Over the weekend, the media joined RFC’s qualifying rounds (or the Prologue Stage) at Bukit Panau in Pasir Mas. Here, the participants’ vehicles were preloaded with Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 for the drivers to tackle nature and test their prowess in manoeuvering the hilly slopes, uneven terrain, and muddy waters. Their skills in vehicle handling will determine their qualification for the next round. It had been raining continuously the past few days and the stages have turned into mud pits.
“In this unique Performance Run Media Road Trip event, we are thrilled to showcase the performance of TriAction Advantage in Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 during the tough 4×4 off-roading competition. This is our fourth collaboration with RFC, fueling the globally recognized race and underscoring the capability of our technologically-advanced Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5, which delivers better power, excellent engine protection, and better mileage,” said Choong Kum Choy, Head of Retail and Commercial Business Petron Malaysia.
From the time it first fueled the RFC in 2016, Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 has proven to deliver supreme power to 4×4 vehicles. Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 is specifically formulated to improve engine performance, ensure better fuel economy, and extend engine life. The fuel also provides improved ignition quality and protection against corrosion. With a very low sulphur content of 10 parts per million, it is 50 times cleaner than Euro 2M diesel, which helps to reduce exhaust emissions.
The underlying formulation of Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 performance is its TriAction Advantage premium additives. It contains detergents to help keep the engine inlet system clean, and a friction modifier that helps to reduce friction between the piston and cylinder wall.
“In a race where skills and machines are competing against nature, the right fuel will help vehicles to achieve superior performance to win. We hope to share some of this experience with the media during this Performance Run Media Road Trip,” Choong adds.
Meanwhile, Luis J.A. Wee, founder and creator of the Rainforest Trophy emphasized the challenges of this year’s competition: “The focus on full racing aspects this year will be tough as teams will try to overcome 50 Special Stages (SS). Only the best combination of man and machine, plus the right fuel and engine oil will propel the teams for a podium finish.”
The stages of the race have names like Predator, Terminator, and Twilight Zone and includes navigating the endless steep downhills and uphills, crossing V gullies, tropical swamps, and steering around the brown-red mud pools. In between, vehicles will stop over at Petron service stations in Kota Bahru, Pasir Putih, Laloh and Gua Musang for refueling before continuing their journey into Kelantan’s tough and rough off-road ex-logging trails.
Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 is available at over 190 stations in Peninsular Malaysia and the company plans to roll it out to more locations in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.
The annual Petron TriAction Advantage Performance Run Media Road Trip is organised as an exclusive event for members of the media to experience the world-class products of Petron as well as the personalized services at Petron service stations. The first Petron Road Trip was held in 2015, following the introduction of the Petron Blaze 97 Euro 4M petrol.